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“IT’S YOUR TIME!”— 9/16/18

Happy Monday AYM Family!

We had an INCREDIBLE service last night! We started off my playing a game called “Mumble Mumble” to help everyone get to know each other better. Students walked around the room saying “mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble” until they heard a number called out. Once a number was called, students had to get in a group with that amount of students and say their name, school, and answer whatever the “get to know you question” was for that round. This was entertaining to watch:)

We had a powerful time of worship. It is always such a blessing to see students open up, raise their hands in worship, and experience the presence of God together.

The message was, “IT’S YOUR TIME!”

Have you ever had a longing or stirring in your heart to go for your dreams, but wondered if the timing was right? Have you ever wondered if the time would ever come for you to be somebody in this world? IT’S YOUR TIME to be somebody. IT’S YOUR TIME to be the you that you were created and destined to be!

Last night, we looked at a group of young guys whose time had come. The thing is, these guys had already fallen short in a pretty major way, but once they got a hold of the power and presence of God, their lives were never the same. They radically transformed the world around them.

We looked at three different things that IT’S YOUR TIME to do:

1.     IT’S YOUR TIME… TO LEAVE THE PAST IN THE PAST

Matthew 26:31-35NIV says,

 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me,for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

The disciples, and especially Peter, declared they would never leave Jesus. Just a few verses later in Matthew 26, Jesus warns some of the disciples to pray so they will not fall into temptation, but they did not take his advice. When Jesus was arrested, the disciples scattered just like Jesus said they would. Their world had been rocked. They didn’t expect things to play out like this!

Unfortunately, things got worse for Peter. Matthew 26:69-75 says,

Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”

73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”

74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Luke 22:61 adds a detail to the situation and says that Jesus turned and looked straight at Peter. Imagine what Peter must have felt. He had just adamantly denied even knowing Jesus and then Jesus turned and looks at him. Imagine the shame and regret that Peter must have felt! I’m sure he wondered things like: What will happen to me now? Will I ever amount to anything? Will I ever be somebody in this world? 

John 21:15-17 shows us how Jesus responded to Peter when he was sitting with the disciples after he was resurrected:

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

When Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”, he’s telling Peter to go make disciples and change lives. This was what Peter was called to do from the very beginning! Peter’s purpose never changed and neither has yours. You will fall short and make mistakes. The key for anyone trying to recover from a mistake and shame is to leave the past in the past, and to fill up on the power and presence of God as you prepare to take your place in God’s plan for your life.

2.     IT’S YOUR TIME… TO FILL UP

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When you are waiting for your time to come, seek God. As we wait on God and seek him, his power and presence is unleashed in our lives. Check out what happened in Acts 2:1-4:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

The disciples received the gift from God just like Jesus said they would! God is faithful and true to his promises. The disciples filled up. Have you filled up on God’s presence and power?

Peter and the disciples filled up, and now it was time to…

3.     IT’S YOUR TIME… TO TAKE YOUR PLACE

As the crowd sees the disciples being filled with the Holy Spirit, some of them accuse the disciples of being drunk. Peter then stands up to address the crowd. Do you remember what happened the last time Peter faced a crowd of people? He adamantly denied even knowing who Jesus was.

Acts 2:36-41 says,

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

What was the difference in Peter this time around? Peter had filled up on God’s presence and power. The first time around, Peter didn’t pray for himself like Jesus had said. This time, Peter and the disciples obeyed the words of Jesus, and waited for the gift God had promised. Peter had put his past in the past, filled up, and took his place in God’s plan and purpose for his life.

What about you? Are you hanging onto the past and your mistakes, do you need to fill up on the presence of God? Do you need to stand and take your place in God’s plan and purpose for you life?

After the message, students had a couple of minutes to pray while the music played before being asked this question: “Are you ready to take your place?” Twenty-five students came forward to declare they were ready to take their place and be the world-changer they were created to be! We closed out the night by gathering around the students to pray over them that they would know that it was their time to leave their past in the past, fill up on the power and presence of Jesus, and take their place as the unique world-changers they were created and destined to be!

The best part of the night??? One student made the decision to accept Jesus as their Savior!

IT’S YOUR TIME…

Be Blessed!
-Pastor Dustin

 

 

THE CAUSE CIRCLE— 9/9/18

Hello AYM Family!

We had another great night last night in youth! We had a powerful time of worship followed by a great discussion time about how to share the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told (see last week’s post) with those in our version of THE CAUSE Circle. Check out the video below to learn about THE CAUSE CIRCLE:

 

After the video, students split into their Tribes with their Tribe Leader to learn about each step of THE CAUSE Circle.

PRAYER:

  1.  Jesus did this often. He got alone to talk to God and ReFuel before tackling the task at hand, and he prayed before making big decisions and challenges. (Before choosing the 12 disciples and before being crucified are just a couple of examples)
  2. Jesus showed the importance of talking to God about people before talking to people about God. When pray to God about the friends we want to reach with the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told, it prepares their heart to hear the good news of Jesus and the Gospel.

CARE:

  1. Jesus also modeled how important it is to care for people’s needs. He often healed the sick, fed the hungry, and helped the hurting. Jesus cared for the whole person, not just their spiritual needs. In the same way, we must love those we are trying to reach. This starts with listening to and caring for them. The friends you are trying to reach are people, not projects!

SHARE:

  1. The final step is to lovingly SHARE the Gospel: the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told, clearly and confidently. Inviting someone to place their faith in Jesus is inviting them to make the biggest decision of their lives. You are helping provide them with the opportunity to begin an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  1. If they say “no”, or “not now”, continue the PRAYER, CARE, SHARE process. If they say “yes”, celebrate and get them plugged into a good church and youth group to help them grow deeper in their faith and challenge them to begin their own CAUSE Circle!

Students took time at the end of their Tribe Huddles to write down the names of their friends that they will be trying to reach with the Gospel this school year. Imagine this scenario. Students share the Gospel with three friends, those three friends accept Christ and then begin their own CAUSE Circle, and then those three friends do the same… That’s a BIG deal and how revival starts! Please join us in prayer as our students begin the journey of sharing the Gospel, the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told, with their friends and classmates.

You can find more info the THE CAUSE Circle and Gospel: Lifein6Words at dare2share.org

Have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

STORY TIME: The Greatest Story Ever Told That’s Hardly Ever Told— 9/2/18

Happy September AYM Family!

Sunday Night was the kick off for our September theme titled STORY TIME: The Greatest Story Ever Told That’s Hardly Ever Told.

Our heart and goal this month is to encourage and prepare AYM students to know and share the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told. Check out this video to learn a little more about this story that we are talking about:

1.  GOD’S OFFER

Genesis 1:26-27NIV says, Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God created mankind in his image. We are God’s masterpiece and prized possession. God created us to live a life with him. A life with no sickness, no broken homes, no fear, no self-image, no disease, no death, no stress, no anxiety, no bullying, etc. Can you imagine a life with none of these things?

God gave mankind some instructions on how to live in this relationship and life with him in Genesis 2:15-17: The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Because of God’s love for us, he gave mankind a choice. We would amount to nothing more than robots if God programmed us to automatically do the right thing. God made us a truly incredible and mind-blowing offer, but we chose a different offer.

2.  Man’s Choice

Genesis 3:1-7 says,

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You    must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her,   and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened,

Man chose to pursue the offer that the serpent (Satan) offered and elevated his own desire above God’s. Mankind sinned and the perfect offer was ruined. Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23a says,  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; (6:23a)For the wages of sin is death…

The perfect offer was ruined, and our sin separated us from God. Romans 3:23 says that ALL have sinned. That includes you and me. There is nothing that you and I can do to undo that damage caused by our sin. Romans 6:23a says that the wages, or payment, for sin is death. This really doesn’t sound like the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told, but hold tight— the second part of Romans 6:23 is an absolute GAME-CHANGER!

God made an unbelievable offer, our choice separated us from God and his perfect offer, but God did the unexpected after we turned our back on him.

3.  God’s Gift

Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We chose to reject God’s offer and God gave us a gift— eternal life. But don’t forget, there was a price that had to be paid before we could receive the gift— death. Romans 5:8CSB says, But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. John 3:16NIV says, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus paid the price! God’s love for us— you and me— was and is so strong that he wasn’t willing to let our mistakes keep us from the life with him that he originally offered! Eternal life isn’t just something that we have to wait until we get to heaven to experience. John 17:3 says, Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Do you know God? Do you know his word, his love for you and others, his victory, truth, freedom, joy, and peace? Eternal life is knowing God the way he created us to know him, and that life with him begins the moment you place your trust and faith in him alone!

Things like sickness, broken homes, fear, poor self-image, disease, death, stress, anxiety, and bullying will be around as long as their is still sin in the world, but we do not have to be controlled or overcome by these things because of the gift of eternal life we have in and through Jesus Christ!

This truly is the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told! Have you placed your faith in Jesus? Would you like to begin a relationship with him or learn more about what it means to have a relationship with him? If so, you can contact us at the church by calling 419-625-6110. We would love to talk and pray with you!

Don’t miss next week as we will be learning how we can share the greatest story ever told with our friends, classmates, and those around us.

Have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin